Tag Archive: religious freedom

Jan 27 2012

Atheist Teen Forces School to Remove Prayer From Wall After 49 Years

Give 16 year old Jessica Ahlquist an “A” for “chutzpa” for being the successful lead plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU against a Cranston Rhode Island school district that forced the district to cover up an eight foot high prayer in the school auditorium. The prayer had been there for 49 years and …

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Sep 10 2011

9-11 and the Law

Like all NYers,I was devastated by the 9-11 attacks. And like many Nyers I have mixed emotions about commemorating the ten year anniversary of the attack. Yes, its fitting that we remember and honor those who died that day but at the same time, the hair on the back of my neck stood up when …

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Oct 05 2010

Testing the Limits of the First Amendment

The new Supreme Court term started yesterday and while the docket is once again heavily laden with corporate issues, one of the earliest cases to be argued will be the one involving the Westboro Baptist Church’s practice of protesting at military funerals.  It is a case that is certain to add to the line of …

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Sep 14 2010

Westchester NY Church Case A Cautionary Tale For Mosque Opponents

Two weeks ago, Federal Judge Stephen Robinson, handed down a decision in a case called Fortress Bible Church v. Feiner, that is like a crystal ball look into the future of any litigation against the proposed mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. In Upstate Greenburgh NY, a Baptist community wanted to move form its cramped …

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